Drake is the consummate artist and performer. It would be an understatement to say that everything he touches turns to gold. He’s proven himself time and again that he’s a better artist and actor than most would like to admit. Since the Toronto rapper stepped on the music scene with his debut album, So Far Gone, much has been said about Drake. But how much do you really know? Check out these 11 facts about Drizzy you probably had no idea about.

1. He bought a microphone from eBay just because the seller said it was used by Pusha T.

2. Drake is the voice of Ethan, the young mammoth, in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.

3. Meagan Good was his top choice for sexy ladies to go up on his bedroom walls.

4. The best piece of advice he’s ever gotten about being famous is from Floyd Mayweather.

“There will be days when I walk in and arena, and people will cheer. And there will be days when I might walk in an arena and people might boo, but it all sounds the same to me ‘cuz it’s all just noise that lets me know that I’m relevant.”

5. Jay Z and Kanye’s “N–gas in Paris” was the inspiration for “Started from the Bottom.” In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said it was a song he wish he made.

When that happens, he gets “physically sick.” When he heard “N—as in Paris,” Drake said, “How did I not think of that?– ‘Ball so hard, that shit cray!’ It was real rap shit, but it felt melodic; all the cadences felt so good.”

6. “Find Your Love” was actually written for Rihanna.

The first record he ever bought was “U.N.I.T.Y.” by Queen Latifah.

7. He originally auditioned for the role of a football player in the Canadian teen drama, Degrassi.

He ended up playing Jimmy Brooks, the basketball star who got shot and was left paralyzed from the waist down.

8. In 2009, he was robbed on a date. Since then, he’s always walked around with security.

9. He said that he is more emotional than Kanye in an interview.

“I think we’re all vulnerable in different ways. Kanye’s raps, to me, are very ego-driven, you know? And, to me, I don’t think there are too many people who have opened up to the world the way I have. Feeling emotion is an amazing thing, man.”

10. He used to rap to one of his father’s cellmates over the phone for practice.

His dad’s cellmate rapped in his spare time and he didn’t get many phone calls. So he talked to Drake since they shared the same passion. 

11. Marvin Gaye’s Here My Dear served as inspiration for Nothing Was the Same, and it was recorded in Gaye’s studio, Marvin’s Room. 

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